Jyotirmayananda Saraswati (born 3 February 1931) is an Indian teacher of Vedanta, spiritual Hindu philosophy, and author of over 40 books on Vedanta, Yoga and several other topics. He was a disciple of Sivananda Saraswati, and served as a religious professor at Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy, at the Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh for nine years. Jyotirmayananda is president of Yoga Research Foundation in Miami, Florida.
Jyotirmayananda was born in a pious family in Dumari, Saran District, Bihar, India. While pursuing his education at the Science College of Patna University, at 19, he read Sivananda Saraswati's book Mind, Its Mysteries and Control, and when Sivananda visited Patna in September, 1950, he had his first Darshana at Patna.
He joined the Sanyasa order on February 3, 1953. He practiced austerity, living in Himalayan retreats by the sacred Ganges River. For over nine years he was taught at the Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy, giving lectures on the Upanishads, Raja Yoga, and all important scriptures of India. Besides teaching, he was editor of the "Yoga Vedanta Journal".[dead link] He frequently lectured at India Vedanta Conferences in Ludhiana, Amritsar, Delhi and other parts of India.
After many requests, Jyotirmayananda came to the West in 1962 to spread the knowledge of India. Crossing Europe, he lectured in various countries. In 1964, he toured North and South America, inspiring and elevating numerous students of Yoga.
In Puerto Rico (from 1962 to 1969), as founder of Sanatan Dharma Mandir, he conducted regular Satsangs, two radio lectures every week (one in English and one in Spanish), and numerous TV appearances. In March 1969, he moved his center to Miami, where he appeared on many TV and radio programs, and spoke at philosophy educational centers. He conducts weekly classes on Meditation, Raja Yoga, Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Vasistha, Viveka Chudamani and the Upanishads at his Ashram, which is now known as The Yoga Research Foundation.
Jyotirmayananda has written over 40 books emphasizing yoga philosophy in everyday life, helping people understand how to works towards a goal of attaining self-realization.